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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Escape SoCal Sprawl on Catalina Island


4. Insider’s Tip

Catalina Backcountry arranges everything to make camping stress-free.   

There are no car rentals on the island and golf carts aren’t allowed outside of Avalon, so camping requires you to carry all your supplies, including food, with you. For a more convenient outdoor experience, contact Catalina Backcountry, a year-old island-based organization that makes hiking campsite-to-campsite significantly easier by offering gear transport, and even caters fireside dinners and breakfasts at each campground. If you’d prefer everything arranged before you land, they’ll also custom design a weekend trip that can include ferry transportation to the island, hiking permits, activity bookings, and campsite and/or hotel reservations (pricing depends on package).

Published on May 19, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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